Friday, February 09, 2007

Surf Ethic


S WIND 25 KT.
WIND WAVES 5 FT.
W SWELL 9 TO 10 FT AT 12 SECONDS.

Our surf ethic (as people that surf) must evolve to encompass the whole of the oceanic community...including shorelines, all waters, plants, and animals and, in reality, the world.

It may seem simple; we already have a unique and singular tie to the ocean, but does it carry over to a unified obligation and responsibility to protect and preserve this resource? Perhaps, but to what and to whom is the obligation and responsibility owed? Our children?, Ourselves?

Apparently not to the seas, which we tirelessly abuse with coastal over development, unsustainable fishing practices, reef killing toxic runoff and and as a depository for our sewage and other waste. We seem to view the Earth's waters as an inexhaustable source of bounty, which serve no function other than to provide us with food, opportunities for recreation and commerce. We don't seem to fully or clearly consider the impact our actions have upon the sea and sealife; from whales down to plankton and coral. We effectively exterminate species and then move on to the next alternative, we kill reefs and wonder where the fish went, we harvest mammals (arguably second in intelligence only to ourselves) without batting an eye.

A surf ethic will not eliminate these problems, but it may influence and alter existing outlooks, management and responsible use of these exhaustable and limited resources.

A surf ethic must recognize and affirm the right and neccessity of the continued existence of the sea's lifeforms, along with their need to continued existence in their natural states. Failure in this effort will surely lead to a domino-like collapse of ecosystems, will reduce or eliminate the ocean's ability to clean and repair it's own injuries and will ultimately contribute to our own demise.

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